Three Main Street Square sculptures revealed on Wednesday; celebration set for Thursday

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

RAPID CITY, SD – Three more stone sculptures at Main Street Square are complete and will be revealed this week as part of The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water.

Visitors will be able to see all eight stones up close and touch them for the first time after the safety barrier around Sculptor Masayuki Nagase’s work site is removed on Wednesday, Oct. 15. By 3 p.m., eight of the nine sculptures that make up the Badlands Tapestry Garden along Main Street will be entirely visible to the community.

Nagase will return to California this week, and plans to resume carving in Rapid City in June 2015, when he will begin work on the Black Hills Tapestry Garden stones along Sixth Street.

A celebration of The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. at Main Street Square during a potluck Art For Lunch. The public is invited to bring food to share and interact with the artist who will discuss the progress and future plans.

The $2 million project is entirely funded through a partnership between Destination Rapid City and the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, and is one of the largest privately funded public art projects in the United States. The artist is expected to complete the work in five years, working on site during the summer months.

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